Bluesfest, NAC team up for drive-in concert series

Ottawa Bluesfest and the Countrywide Arts Centre, the two sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic this summer, are teaming up to provide a collection of live drive-in concerts, beginning at the finish of July.

Headliners Sam Roberts Band, Patrick Watson and Tim Hicks are between the roster of artists who’ll be undertaking on an outdoor stage at the Zibi site in Gatineau, Que., while concertgoers enjoy the songs from the comfort and ease and safety of their vehicles.

“We’re just delighted that we can start to do a thing that will ideally direct to a revival of the songs sector, which has genuinely been devastated by the pandemic,” stated Bluesfest founder and government director Mark Monahan.

Juno-winning Ottawa jazz musician Kellylee Evans will conduct on July 31, the opening evening of the concert collection. (Xavier Chauvet)

Starting July 31, songs lovers will be in a position to drive to the internet site on the Ottawa River, park two meters aside, tune in on their motor vehicle radios and watch the concert from their vehicles. If actual physical distancing rules are calm by the finish of July, concertgoers will be in a position to sit in garden chairs beside their vehicles.

The listing of confirmed artists involves:

  • July 31: Marie-Mai, Donovan Woods, Terra Lightfoot, Julian Taylor, Kellylee Evans.
  • Aug. 1: Sam Roberts Band, Shad, Haviah Mighty, LeFLOFRANCO.
  • Aug. 7: Patrick Watson, Basia Bulat, Zaki Ibrahim, Asuquomo, Silla and Increase, Geneviève et Alain.
  • Aug. 8: Tim Hicks, Kira Isabella, Chris Labelle, Crystal Shawanda, Lyle Odjick & The Northern Steam, Amanda Rheaume.

“We’re making absolutely sure that we’re representing a vast wide range of musical genres, rising and proven artists, community and Indigenous artists,” said  Heather Gibson, the NAC’s executive producer of popular songs and wide range.

We speak with Bluesfest’s Mark Monahan and the NAC’s Heather Gibson about the CanadaPerforms at RBC Bluesfest Travel-In. 7:50

Existing vacation constraints limited organizers to inviting musicians from Ontario and Quebec, but Gibson said as rules loosen they hope to consist of artists from throughout the country and incorporate far more dates to the concert collection.

“It’s a little bit of an experiment, there’s no template for how to do this,” stated Monahan, who imagines the outdoor concerts as “sort of tailgate party without men and women truly collecting in substantial groups.”

Montreal-primarily based art rock quartet Patrick Watson are scheduled to conduct Aug 7. ((EMI Documents))

Forced to cancel his 26-calendar year-outdated summer songs competition since of the pandemic, Monahan stated he was identified to obtain an possibility of provide are living songs back in a harmless surroundings by working with general public health officers and pursuing provincial pointers.

  • Gates open at six p.m., present starts at 7 p.m and ends at ten:30 p.m.
  • Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early to secure a excellent parking spot.
  • Charge: $75 for each car or truck. Tickets need to be purchased in progress and will be scanned on entry.
  • Tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 23, at ten a.m., and can be purchased here.
Mark Monahan, government director of Ottawa Bluesfest, claims Ottawans will be in a position to park two metres aside and pay attention to are living songs from the safety of their vehicles. one:12

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